What Happened in July 2002

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 The International Criminal Court is established to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.
  • Jul 1 A Bashkirian Airlines (flight 2937) Tupolev TU-154 and a DHL (German cargo) Boeing 757 collide in mid-air over Ueberlingen, southern Germany, killing 71.
  • Jul 2 Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon.
  • Jul 7 A scandal breaks out in the United Kingdom when news reports accuse MI6 of sheltering Abu Qatada, the supposed European Al Qaeda leader.

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 7 109th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams (7-6 6-3)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • Jul 7 116th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Lleyton Hewitt beats D Nalbandian (6-1 6-3 6-2)
  • Jul 9 The African Union is established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The first chairman is Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa.
  • Jul 9 73rd All Star Baseball Game: 7-7 tie when both teams ran out of available pitchers at Miller Park, Milwaukee
  • Jul 10 At a Sotheby's auction, Peter Paul Rubens' painting The Massacre of the Innocents is sold for £49.5million (US$76.2 million) to Kenneth, Lord Thomson.

Sport awardSports Awards

Jul 10 10th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Venus Williams win

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • Jul 14 French President Jacques Chirac escapes an assassination attempt unscathed during Bastille Day celebrations.
  • Jul 15 "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh pleads guilty to supplying aid to the enemy and to possession of explosives during the commission of a felony.
  • Jul 15 Anti-Terrorism Court of Pakistan hands down the death sentence to British born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and life terms to three others suspected of murdering Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
  • Jul 20 South America: A fire in a discotheque in Lima, Peru kills over twenty-five.
  • Jul 21 Telecom giant WorldCom files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the largest such filing in United States history.
  • Jul 21 131st British Golf Open: Ernie Els shoots a 278 at Muirfield Golf Links
  • Jul 22 Israel assassinates Salah Shahade, the Commander-in-Chief of Hamas's military arm, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, along with 14 civilians.
  • Jul 24 James Traficant is expelled from the United States House of Representatives on a vote of 420 to 1.

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Jul 24 On 200th anniversary of his birth French author Alexandre Dumas' ('The Three Musketeers') ashes are interred in the Panthéon in Paris in a televised ceremony.

  • Jul 25 17th Commonwealth Games open in Manchester, England
  • Jul 27 Ukraine airshow disaster: A Sukhoi Su-27 fighter crashes during an air show at Lviv, Ukraine killing 85 and injuring more than 100 others, the largest air show disaster in history.
  • Jul 28 Nine coal miners trapped in the flooded Quecreek Mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, are rescued after 77 hours underground.

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Jul 28 89th Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)

Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor
Lance Armstrong

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Jul 30 The accounting law referred to as "The Sarbanes Oxley Act" is signed into law by President George W. Bush.

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • Jul 31 Polaroid Corporation is purchased by One Equity Partners, creating a new company that now operates under the Polaroid Corporation name, launching a new era for Polaroid.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 22 Prince Felix of Denmark
  • Jul 30 Prince Hridayendra of Nepal, Nepalese royal

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 4 Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts (34) weds L.A. cameraman Danny Moder (33) at her 82-acre ranch in Taos, New Mexico

Actress Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
  • Jul 5 "Smallville" actor Tom Welling (25) weds model Jamie White in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
  • Jul 20 ABC's World News Tonight co-host Elizabeth Vargas (39) weds singer-songwriter Marc Cohn (43) at the Council on Foreign Relations

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 2 Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist, dies in his sleep at 75
  • Jul 4 Benjamin O. Davis Jr., American general (b. 1912)
  • Jul 4 Mansoor Hekmat, Iranian politician (b. 1951)
  • Jul 4 Winnifred Quick, American Titanic survivor (b. 1904)

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Jul 5 Ted Williams, baseball hall of famer and last player to bat over.400 in a single season (Boston Red Sox) dies at 84

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Jul 5 Katy Jurado, Mexican actress (b. 1924)
  • Jul 6 Dhirubhai Ambani, Indian businessman (b. 1932)
  • Jul 6 John Frankenheimer, American film director (b. 1930)
  • Jul 7 Dhirubhai Ambani, Indian business tycoon (b. 1933)
  • Jul 7 Bison Dele, American basketball player (b. 1969)
  • Jul 8 Ward Kimball, American animator (b. 1914)
  • Jul 9 Laurence Janifer, American writer (b. 1933)
  • Jul 9 Rod Steiger, American actor (b. 1925)
  • Jul 10 Jean-Pierre Côté, French Canadian politician and Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (b. 1926)

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Jul 12 Edward Lee Howard, CIA Case Officer and alleged Soviet spy, dies at 50 after breaking his neck during a fall

Alleged Soviet Spy Edward Lee Howard
Alleged Soviet Spy
Edward Lee Howard
  • Jul 13 Yousuf Karsh, Turkish-born Armenian photographer (b. 1908)
  • Jul 14 Joaquín Balaguer, President of the Dominican Republic (b. 1906)
  • Jul 16 John Cocke, American computer scientist (b. 1925)
  • Jul 18 Victor Emery, British theoretical physicist (b. 1933)
  • Jul 19 Alan Lomax, American folksong collector (b. 1915)
  • Jul 23 Leo McKern, Australian actor (b. 1920)
  • Jul 23 William Luther Pierce, American author and activist (b. 1933)
  • Jul 23 Chaim Potok, American novelist and rabbi (b. 1929)
  • Jul 24 Maurice Denham, English actor (Mr Love, Damn the Defiant), dies at 92
  • Jul 25 Abdur Rahman Badawi, Egyptian existentialist philosopher (b. 1917)
  • Jul 26 Jutta Hecker, German writer, dies at 97

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Jul 28 Archer John Porter Martin, English chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1910)

Nobel Prize Winning Chemist Archer John Porter Martin
Nobel Prize Winning Chemist
Archer John Porter Martin